Robert Hole, Jr

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    Do you have a longstanding research question, involving a large number of taxa? Do you suspect the sum of human knowledge contains enough information to provide the answer ? Maybe you’ve never tackled it because it's just way too much work to extract it from its myriad locations? Can EOL help? We need your input on this subject to inform our development priorities and resource allocation in the coming year.

    Tell us the question you want to ask. Tell us the kinds of data you would need, and from where in our collections you think it could be extracted. Visit our Wishes for Research page to learn more and make a wish. Wishes will be posted publicly and priority wishes will be chosen by a vote of the EOL Curator community. The authors of the chosen wishes will be awarded their choice of soon-to-be-coveted, limited-edition EOL themed gear, with our thanks.

    over 2 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "EOL Curators":

    Do you have a longstanding research question, involving a large number of taxa? Do you suspect the sum of human knowledge contains enough information to provide the answer? Maybe you’ve never tackled it because it's just way too much work to extract it from its myriad locations? Can EOL help? We need your input on this subject to inform our development priorities and resource allocation in the coming year.

    Tell us the question you want to ask. Tell us the kinds of data you would need, and from where in our collections you think it could be extracted. Visit our Wishes for Research page to learn more and make a wish. Wishes will be posted publicly and priority wishes will be chosen by a vote of the EOL Curator community. The authors of the chosen wishes will be awarded their choice of soon-to-be-coveted, limited-edition EOL themed gear, with our thanks.

    over 2 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "Cyndy Parr":

    I would like to invite you to join "EOL Research Ideas".

    over 2 years ago

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    musecat joined the community "EOL Learning and Education Community".

    over 2 years ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Gianluca Polgar: Here's an update on the Apocryptes situation. The Scartelaos histophorus images have now been removed from the Apocryptes media collection. However, there is still a bunch of junk in there that needs to be cleaned up. Apparently, this particular problem is fairly unique and is caused by bogus synonym data introduced by a buggy data translation process. This is on our list of things to fix. Also, there will eventually be a tool to untrust synonym statements that cause these kinds of problems, but it will be a little while before this becomes available.

    For now, please continue reporting these kinds of issues to the Media Collection Cleaning Crew, and we will investigate. The release of the much anticipated Taxon Concept Management tool is apparently imminent, and we are going to start plugging away at the Taxon Concept Management To Do List soon. This new tool will allow us to address problems caused by inappropriately merged homonyms, and we will also be able to merge taxa based on curators' synonym reports.

    over 2 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "EOL Curators":

    @jeff betz: Just to clarify, images don't have to be Public Domain to be usable on EOL. Most Creative Commons licenses are also acceptable so long as required attribution is included. See info on EOL Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/groups/encyclopedia_of_life/

    over 2 years ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @jeff betz: Looked at the Mutter Medical Museum flickr account, and they have all their photos as '© All rights reserved', so they're not available for EOL. I'd suspect that they have good reason to keep them fully copyrighted, because of the potentially sensitive personal data that applies to some of the images.

    over 2 years ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz: Unfortunately, the Euro+Med Plantbase haven't got round to listing Monotropa, so the genus isn't in at all yet. From a quick look around, it appears to be an accepted species in several local / regional databases, so I'd be incined to accept it as a separate species for now.

    over 2 years ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @jeff betz: Anybody, not just curators can suggest potential content partners for EOL. Please do this in the general EOL Discussion group and be sure to provide links.

    over 2 years ago

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    jeff betz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @jeff betz: Also, is there some way or place for curators to suggest photo collections or libraries that could added to EOL en masse rather than just one photo at a time. For instance the Mutter Medical Museum in Philadelphia has an online photo collection of human specimans, anatomical illustrations, etc. They like EOL also have a flickr page. Could they be invited to just add their flickr images to EOL?

    over 2 years ago

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    jeff betz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michael Wunderli: Unfortunately a lot of pictures on the web like science photo library are not in the public domain. If you find photos that are not copyrighted (I have done this with photos from NASA for instance or the US geological survey) then download them and add them to the EOL flickr page. They will they get harvested to EOL. Hope this helps.

    over 2 years ago

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    jeff betz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michael Wunderli: Unfortunately a lot of pictures on the web like science photo library are not in the public domain. If you find photos that are not copyrighted (I have done this with photos from NASA for instance or the US geological survey) then download them and add them to the EOL flickr page. They will they get harvested to EOL. Hope this helps.

    over 2 years ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michael Wunderli:

    It looks like all the images for Monotropa hypophegea are ending up on the Monotropa hypopitys page, because Tropicos tell us that Monotropa hypophegea Wallr. is a synonym of Monotropa hypopitys L. I'm not sure why the Monotropa hypophegea Wallr. from SBG, Red list target species of switzerland, Rote Liste Zielarten der Schweiz is not merged with Monotropa hypopitys also.

    So, question for our botanist curators: Should we treat Monotropa hypophegea Wallr. as a synonym of Monotropa hypopitys L., or should we have a separate taxon page for it?

    over 2 years ago • edited: over 2 years ago

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    Michael Wunderli commented on "EOL Curators":

    I was checking out this plant page. http://eol.org/pages/29365454/overview There are no pictures for this plant on eol, but when i search the web, it seem's like there are a lot of pictures available, why does eol not use them? how can I change that?

    over 2 years ago

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    Amy Chang added "Croton lechleri Müll.Arg." to the collection "Help needed".

    over 2 years ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Gianluca Polgar: Yep! And not just genera, often species too - for example, genetic data has shown that Cervus canadensis is a separate species from Cervus elaphus; if included in it as a subspecies then Cervus elaphus becomes paraphyletic with respect to Cervus nippon. Yet all the Cervus canadensis photos appear on the Cervus elaphus page here, because some of the data providers have not yet updated their databases and do still treat it as a subspecies.

    over 2 years ago

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    Gianluca Polgar commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: OMG this IS a problem! Can you imagine how many objects being inappropriately associated are now in the pages of each and every genus and suprageneric taxon?? If there is no AUTOMATIC update of all objects' associations from the species level up to all supraspecific taxa (with a "bottom-up" strategy), there is no way to cope with this mess. Taxonomy is inherently unstable: this problem will only get worse and worse, as classifications are updated.... Of course, such process should be probably applied independently to the different classifications adopted by the EOL.

    over 2 years ago